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Briggs, Urlacher again look to next year

Another Super Bowl run with veteran linebackers will take more work than Bears think

Updated: December 29, 2011, 7:54 PM ET
By Melissa Isaacson | ESPNChicago.com

LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- The bitter sting of the 2011 Chicago Bears season seems to have numbed a bit for Brian Urlacher and Lance Briggs, the reality likely having set in weeks ago and last Sunday's mathematical elimination from the playoffs more merciful than anything else.

With a combined 21 seasons nearly behind them, the veteran linebackers even had a rare chance for a laugh or two this week, justifiably enjoying news of their 14th and 15th Pro Bowl berths between them.

Briggs ...

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